This Week in Telehealth

ATHS This Week in Telehealth Number 16 March 2014

New ATHS Committee Members
As well as the elected office bearers, ATHS has made some additional committee appointments to obtain a broad range of input across Australia and New Zealand. We are also in the process of appointing someone from Victoria, so that all ATHS members will have a committee member in or near their own jurisdiction. The current committee is listed here:

SFT-14 FIRST NOTICE – Put this in your diary now!
The University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health (COH) in conjunction with the Australasian Telehealth Society is pleased to invite you to attend the 2014 International Conference on Successes and Failures in Telehealth (SFT-14).

SFT-14 and the 5th Annual Meeting of the Australasian Telehealth Society will be held from 17-18 November 2014 at the Hilton Adelaide Hotel, Adelaide, Australia. The SFT conference offers a unique forum which explores both successes and failures in telehealth.  SFT attracts prominent national and international speakers and delegates worldwide, and includes academic paper presentations, clinician experiences, industry showcase, government telehealth initiatives, poster presentations and telehealth demonstrations.

The call for papers will be released shortly.  Sponsoring or exhibiting at the conference will provide an excellent opportunity to promote your organisation.
For more info visit or contact the event organisers, Iceberg Events on 07 3876 4988 or email

One in Four Lives: The Future of Telehealth in Australia
This white paper was launched in Parliament House, Canberra, on March 5th, and was developed by a partnership of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), Anywhere Healthcare, BT, Phillips and the University of Western Sydney. In a nutshell, it proposes that the time is now to develop a more flexible funding model for telehealth that supports widespread sustainable telehealth adoption for the 1 in 4 Australians who have a chronic condition. Something that many of us would like to see! Download the document from:
New Zealand Government Promotes Online Patient Access
The NZ government has a ‘Manage My Health’ portal, which allows patients to access medical records, apply for prescription renewals and make appointment bookings. The system is available to general practices for about $2,500 plus ongoing fees of $200 a month. See more at:
Queensland Government Holds Parliamentary Enquiry into Telehealth
The Queensland Government is commencing an enquiry into telehealth services in the public sector. The terms of reference include reviewing expenditure, governance, models of service delivery, technology, outcomes, access to and quality of care. So, just about everything! Written submissions are now invited and the closing date is Monday 5th May 2014. More information from:
From the Academic Literature
The February 2014 issue of Health Affairs is mostly about telehealth and it contains some useful articles, for example ‘Telehealth: seven strategies to successfully implement disruptive technology and transform health care’. See at:
Korean Doctors go on strike over Telemedicine
Korean doctors went on a one day strike on Monday March 10th.  The one thing they were protesting about was the Korean Government’s intention to introduce a new telemedicine system. Further strikes are planned. This certainly underscores the importance of bringing clinicians with you on the journey towards new systems of care. Read more at:
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